NASA Sues Former Apollo 14 Astronaut over Lunar Camera

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Edgar Dean Mitchell, a lunar module pilot and the sixth person to walk on the surface of the Moon, is being sued by NASA. NASA wants Mitchell to return a camera that went to the Moon on the Apollo 14 mission. A lawsuit filed by the federal government on Thursday in a South Florida federal court claims that the former astronaut tried to sell the camera in an auction.

NASA, reportedly, learned in March that a British auction house “was planning to sell the camera at an upcoming Space History Sale” in May. According to a Boston Globe article, government lawyers contend that Mitchell “is exercising improper dominion and control over a NASA Data Acquisition Camera.’’  The lawyers “are asking US District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley to order Mitchell to return the camera immediately.”

The lawsuit says that the camera had a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000—and that “all equipment and property used during NASA operations remains the property of NASA unless explicitly released or transferred to another party.”

Mitchell, who is eighty, said, “It’s utter nonsense.” He added that during “the moon mission era” he and other astronauts had gotten permission to take mementos from the space craft. “We have dozens of pieces. All of us who flew to the moon.”

In addition to requesting that the judge declare the camera property of the US government, the lawsuit asks that Mitchell be required “to pay all legal and court fees arising from the case.”

NASA Biographical data on Edgar Dean Mitchell


US sues astronaut for camera’s return (Boston Globe)

NASA sues ex-astronaut Edgar Mitchell seeking return of camera that went to moon on Apollo 14 (Washington Post/AP)

Ex-astronaut tries to sell camera from moon trip: It’s a developing story — NASA sues to get it back after seeing it up for auction (MSNBC/Reuters)

NASA sues ex-astronaut over camera that went to moon: Lawsuit contends Edgar Mitchell tried to sell camera at auction (Orlando Sentinel/AP)

119 thoughts on “NASA Sues Former Apollo 14 Astronaut over Lunar Camera”

  1. “It’s almost time for “True Blood”.”


    I love this year thus far. The plot is becoming more complex, but its threads seem intelligently written, in the context of this fantasy. Bill is King, Mab the Fairy Queen, shapeshifting expanded and necromancy, what more could a viewer want?

  2. Messof Troll:

    First off, I am not a neocon. They are just liberals who wanted to hijack the GOP. But still as detrimental to liberty as their erstwhile predecessors. Neo is the operative word. They used to be liberals until the party of Adlai Stevenson went insane. I think it started in the 60’s with Kennedy and germinated in the McGovern candidacy in 72, had its fruition in Jimmy Carter, its stagnation under Clinton and now we are seeing its demise under the “able” leadership of Obama.

    I knew I voted for Obama for the right reasons, I figured 4 years of Obama and it would be a cold day in hell before another erstwhile socialist/Marxist would ever be elected.

    Seems to me your message is stagnating while a message of free markets, limited government and individual liberty is catching on.

    Good luck with a message of penury and woe in 2012.

  3. mespo, I thought you said you were going to be ignoring these comments. Wishful thinking I guess. Remember, as a guest poster you’re supposed to be maintaining decorum, instead like buddha troll you are actively part of the problem. At least buddha has an excuse, he’s brain damaged and proud of it. You on the other hand ….

  4. Listening to a little Stevie Wonder tonight as I enjoy my Dewars celebrating the interest the trolls have in our little soiree. Here’s a taste:

  5. BIL:

    Agreed. The proof is they show up at our door, poop in hands ready to sling. Wonder if they get paid OT for Sundays. Just prior to this post I swear I heard some guttural sounds but must be my imagination.

  6. Persecutory delusions (also known as querulant delusions) are a delusional condition in which the affected person believes – wrongly – they are being persecuted. Specifically, they have been defined as containing two central elements:

    1. The individual thinks that harm is occurring, or is going to occur.

    2. The individual thinks that the persecutor has the intention to cause harm.

    According to the DSM-IV-TR, persecutory delusions are the most common form of delusions in schizophrenia, where the person believes “he or she is being tormented, followed, tricked, spied on, or ridiculed.” In the DSM-IV-TR, persecutory delusions are the main feature of the persecutory type of delusional disorder. When the focus is to remedy some injustice by legal action, they are sometimes called “querulous paranoia”.

  7. Thanks, mespo.

    Nothing succeeds like success. :mrgreen: We have a good team here.

  8. Thanks, Elaine. It has been a long time on the calendar, but in other ways the time has gone by all too fast. Many things have happened in the past half century, and we have held hands through it all, the good and the bad.

  9. BIL:

    Good to see you back in the saddle. Looks like you’ve attracted a whole herd (gaggle? Sh** load?) of trolls. Our message must be getting out and the neo-cons must be quaking. Good on us.

  10. By the way, the full quote is

    “You aren’t bearing ‘good news’.

    You’re bearing a bag of flaming dog shit that would herald anarchy.”

  11. BIL and the others on this thread:

    I have to ask that we drop the personal stuff. There is simply no reason to personalize these comments. What makes this site unique is the civility that we maintain.

    Jonathan Turley December 2009

    You’re bearing a bag of flaming dog shit

    Buddha February 2011

    Buddha – perhaps its time to take that permanent leave you overpromised. As someone once said “This is a much nicer place without your constant bitching”

  12. Otteray,

    “Elaine, it will be 55 years for us in August.”

    Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. We were out visiting/celebrating with friends. Unfortunately, the fireworks were postponed because of the weather. We still had a great time–and lots of excellent food.

    Congratulations to your and your wife! Fifty-five years is a long time.

  13. Roco,

    Mass alone. As to how they taste? No idea. The closest animal meat to human flesh is pork so I suspect that’s what they taste like – hormone laden pork.

    Speaking of hormone laden pork, “Hi, Patty!”

    Don’t you need to be somewhere pretending you’re a medical doctor instead of an insurance company hack? Or better yet, accusing a grief stricken parent of being complicit in the death of their child? That is what got you banished, after all.

    It’s almost time for “True Blood”.

    Ya’ll entertain yourselves for awhile.

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